Dave posted plenty of pics of this beauty so I Don't have much to add there. The handle is beautifuly finished, everything is rounded/ polished. Not much to say, but wow.
The package was well packed, loaded with those annoying packing peanuts.
I used the nearest thing I could grab on to, to tear into this thing. Pretty sure it was a screwdriver to bust into the tape then rip away like a kid on christmas. Inside what I found I didn't expect... a nice soft case for shipping/ storage. Pretty sweet. =)
A grainy iPhone picture of the handle( can be seen in better quality on Dave's original post )
Something that I wanted to share that is a bit lost in daves pics is how beautifully tapered the handle is. I requested that the handle be tapered out a bit toward the but end of the handle because stock Sabatier handle feel skinny to me, and that is exactly what I got. It feels d@mn near perfect.
Another thing to note, for anyone that hasn't seen a well ground Sabatier is the distal taper on these things. It starts somewhere in the 4-5mm range right in front of the bolster( feels great to have something to grab onto with a pinch grip ) and rapidly tapers down to somewhere around 2mm and continues tapering to the tip. With the thinning/ regrinding that Dave bestowed on this beauty the distal taper near the tip has been improved to where the tip is whispy thin, much like the suisin/ konosuke gyutos that I've used.